Rosie May, a young singer-songwriter, was born in East-London and grew up in Essex. The young girl took some time to answer a few questions.
Her performing name is “I Am RosieMay“. There is no real special meaning of why I call myself “I Am RosieMay”. The only reason I chose not to just use my birth name was because after gigging this summer, I soon found out there were a few other musicial Rosie May’s floating around London. I got confused with another so I thought to make it easy for people and to make a statement I began to introduce myself as “I Am RosieMay”. It sort of just felt right. Like most artists she started music from a young age. I’ve always been into music, I’ve sung since I was young and it helped having a very supportive music teacher throughout my school years. I hope no one will ever hear the first “finished” song I ever wrote! I wrote it while at secondary school, it was about an ex-boyfriend and it was rather soppy! Not only did she learn about music from a music teacher. Later she even went studying music. I did study music. I got a GCSE and when I left school I attended the British Academy Of New Music for three years. But what does music mean to her? It’s not necessarily what it means to me, it’s what it makes me feel. I love how music can literally change my mood, that great buzz you get that puts a huge smile on my face. Music dominates a lot of people.
Rosie could go in a lot of directions with her music. I only really play acoustic gigs because it’s easy to get about London, with just me and a guitarist. The direction I’m heading towards is credible pop, but to be honest I don’t really like to put myself in a “box”. Does she play any instruments of her own? I learnt to read music from a young age by being taught to play recorder, then I went on to play trumpet. I then gained an interest in hitting a drum. I did an examination for drumming and trumpet. I also had piano lessons throughout my teenage years.
Artists tend to have a particular part of a song they start with when writing new songs. Some like to start with a melody and come up with the lyrics afterwards, but there are also artists who work the other way around. It depends who I’m working with or on the day what’s flowing more. If I’m working on my own I tend to play any random chords on the piano and I randomly sing any words or lines that come out. I rather enjoy improvisation! Does she have a favorite of her own compositions? This always changes, I like most of my tracks for different reasons. I would say “Quite Like Me” could possibly turn out to be an all time fave because it has quite a sentimental value. Where does Rosie record her music? I record most of my stuff in Brixton with an awesome dude, Larry Hibbit, who I have co-wrote most of my tunes with. Did she collaborate with any other artists? Before working on and recording my own stuff I worked with a few unsigned artists. I was what I like to call the “Chorus girl”! There’s a lot of people I’d like to work. To work with Alicia Keys would be a dream. I adore Lana Del Rey, Adam Levin (Maroon 5), Paloma Faith and quite a few more.
What’s next? More writing and gigging and what ever else music wishes to bring me! Is she working on anything else besides music? I don’t do much other then music. I already have a new years resolution though to get fit and healthy, I plan to take up swimming, yoga/pilates and possibly horse riding in the new year. For now, when I’m not doing music I like to enjoy time with family and friends. Where would she see herself perform in the future? I would love to perform at KOKO and Shepards Bush Empire. And any artists she would like to perform with? I’d like to perform with anyone inspiring, someone who would like to perform with me and of course my idols Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys.